ABC Daytime, July 12, 1976 – June 14, 1985
|Number of episodes|
|2,311 (ABC Daytime episodes)|
976 (Syndicated episodes)
|Johnny Olson (1975 Pilot)|
|Studio 54, ABC Television Center, Los Angeles, California|
Family Feud is a popular game show based on the big money "Supermatch" bonus round from Match Game where two families battle it out by answering surveys to win points. The first to reach a set number of points (mostly 300) gets a chance to play Fast Money for a grand cash prize.
Game Format Edit
At the beginning of each round, two members of each family come up to the main podium and play a mini-round for control of the question called "Face-Off". The host announced how many answers are on the board (which are always in order based on popularity), and then read a survey question and the first player to buzz-in gets to answer. The player to give the number one answer or have his/her answer be higher than the other player's answer won control. In case of a tie (both answers with the same number of people who gave it) the player who answered first won control. If neither player gave an answer on the board, the players at the main podiums get a chance to answer for control. The player that won the Face-Off has a decision to either let his/her family play the question or pass the question to their opponents.
The family that won the face-off earns control of the question. The controlling family's job is to reveal the remaining answers hidden on the board with each correct answer adding points to the bank above the board. The answer's value is determined by how many people who gave it. Each player on the controlling team in turn gave an answer and if the answer he/she gave is correct, it is flipped over and revealed. Revealing all the answers on the board won the round (this is classified as a "Clean Sweep"). Giving a wrong answer at any time earned a strike; getting three strikes caused the team to lose control of the question, giving the opposing family a chance to steal by giving one correct answer. A successful steal won the round, but an unsuccessful steal gave the round to the first family. The winners of the round took all the points in the bank.
The first few questions had its values be worth the number showing. Later on in the game, the values of all the questions would be doubled; and still later usually on the last question, all the point values would be tripled.
The first family to reach a set number of points won the game. For most of this version, the goal is 300 points. From July 12, 1976-March 2, 1979 on ABC daytime, the first few months of the 1977-1985 syndicated version and pilot episode, the goal was 200 points; but in the final season of the Dawson run, the goal was set to 400 points. When the game takes too long to reach the 300/400 goal, Richard goes to the controlling family to tell them that each teammate has three seconds to answer once he reads the question to them during the TRIPLE Round.
Due to Dawson giving away boxes of lollipops to some of the studio audience members, a Lollipop Tree was introduced from March 2, 1983 all the way through June 14, 1985, where a tree of Tootsie pops was placed next to the fifth player on each team. If he/she chose a lollipop that had a black stem on the bottom, the family won a $100 bonus, which did not affect the outcome of the game. In the finale, when one family member failed to find a lollipop with no black stem on the bottom, Dawson used a black marker while coloring the bottom black as the family got a $100 bonus regardless.
NOTE: Originally, only one Lollipop in each tree had a black stem, but within weeks, there were ten on both trees.
The winning family went on to play Fast Money for a grand cash prize. The winning family chose which two players will play the game. The first family member stood at center stage while the second family member went off stage to a soundproof area. The first player has 15 seconds (later 20) to answer five Family Feud questions. He/she has to give the most popular answer to each question. When he/she was done, the answers were reveled on a different board followed by the number of people who gave them. After all the answers were revealed and scored, the second player came out and took his/her turn. The second player had 20 seconds (later 25) to answer the same five questions but with one exception: he/she cannot repeat any of the answers previously given by the first player or a double buzzer will sound, at which point the host says, "Try again." The contestant must give a different answer (the second player will also be charged for similar answers or an answer which fits into the same category as the first player's answer). When the second player was done, his/her answers were revealed and scored. The family wins $5 for each point made in the round, but if the two playing players reached 200 points or more, the family wins the grand cash prize.
NOTE: This was the only version to never use the *blip* SFX. In addition, the Game Show Marathon episode of Feud from 2006 also never used the *blip* SFX as well.
Grand Cash PrizesEdit
The grand cash prizes were different depending on the series:
NOTE: These amounts from both the ABC Daytime and Syndicated versions respectively were also carried over in the Combs version on CBS Daytime and Syndicated version respectively until 1992 when the Bullseye Round was added and the titles of the shows were renamed as The Family Feud Challenge on CBS Daytime and The New Family Feud in Syndication. In addition, the Syndicated version amount was also carried over in the Anderson version until 2001 when the amount was changed from $10,000 to $20,000.
- Host: Richard Dawson
- Announcer: Gene Wood
- Pilot Announcer: Johnny Olson
- Substitute Announcers: Johnny Gilbert, Rod Roddy
- Executive Producer: Howard Felsher
- Producer: Cathy Dawson
- Director: Paul Alter
- Set Designer: Henry Lickel
- Music: Score Productions
The format of this show was inspired by the bonus round from another classic Goodson-Todman game show Match Game called the big money Supermatch (sometimes called "Audience Match").
In 1975, Before changing its name (and later its format) to Family Feud, the show was originally titled as Fast Company. (click on the title for details)
Richard Dawson was best known for starring in the 1965-71 CBS sitcom Hogan's Heroes as the wisecracking Royal Air Force Corporal Peter Newkirk.
Before Feud, Dawson hosted a locally-produced game show called Lucky Pair (created by Bob Barker) from 1970 until 1971. In addition, he also hosted a short-lived revival of the classic 1950's panel game Masquerade Party (under the Hatos-Hall brand at the time) from 1974 until 1975. prior to this, he was also a frequent panelists on Match Game until 1978.
The fast money blip sound effect was never used in the original 1976-85 version but was debuted in the Combs version along with the other previous incarnations of the franchise since 1988.
two years later, after the show's cancellation in 1985, Dawson played as a sinisterly evil game show host named Damon Killian in the 1987 film (loosely based on the 1982 novel written by famed horror writer Stephen King) called The Running Man where convicted criminals (runners) must escape death at the hands of professional "Stalkers".
Dawson hosted a pilot for the possible NBC daytime revival of You Bet Your Life in 1988 which was never sold later on.
After Ray Combs was fired from the show, in 1994 Dawson returned as host after a nine year absence for one more season until 1995.
The Speir Vs. Madvig pilot episode, taped in 1975, featured numerous differences. Among them were Johnny Olson announcing instead of Gene Wood, a completely different and smaller set, a different main game board, and different podiums for the teams, plus a podium for the Fast Money round. The Speir Family defeated the Madvig Family ($269 to $186) and won $5,000 in the Fast Money round.
In Popular CultureEdit
Family Feud has been referenced, featured or spoofed in the following:
- Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party (1979) (TV Movie) - Richard Dawson mentions "Family Feud"
- Mama's Family: Family Feud (1983) (TV Episode) - The sets, theme, and personnel of the show are featured prominently herein.
- National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
- Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper (1984) (TV Episode) - referenced by name
- St. Elsewhere: Family Feud (1986) (TV Episode) - Title reference
- Lethal Weapon (1987) - Clips from Dawson's version on TV can been briefly seen in Riggs' trailer home and at Murtaugh's kitchen at home.
- Misery (1990)
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: Being from Another Planet (1992) (TV Episode) - Tom: "Dare we forget the now-classic 'Lost in Space' reunion on 'Family Feud'?"
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) (TV Episode)- Tom: "Let's all play the 'Family Feud'!"
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules (1993) (TV Episode) - Crow (as Richard Dawson): "Survey says: gluteus maximus!"
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: Warrior of the Lost World (1993) (TV Episode) - Joel: "And they're all here to play the 'Family Feud'!"
- The Critic: Marty's First Date (1994) (TV Episode) - a poster advertises "Family Feud: The Movie"
- Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas (1994) (TV Movie) - Bert says, "Survey says, right answer!"
- Sliders: Eggheads (1995) (TV Episode) - Opening question in "Mindgame" matches uses the same format as Family Feud.
- Clueless (1995) - Cher says "Survey says" when asking Dionne's and Tai's opinions of a guy.
- The Nanny: A Fine Family Feud (1995) (TV Episode) - Title reference
- The Nanny: Shopaholic (1995) (TV Episode) - When the children play a guessing game and Grace states what the others think is the most correct answer, Maggie and Brighton clap and say "good answer, good answer" like on the game show.
- Mallrats (1995)
- Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/Everclear (1996) (TV Episode) - Title mentioned by Gary MacDonald
- Dexter's Laboratory: Labels/Game Show/Fantastic Boyage (1997) (TV Episode) In "Game Show," the announcer says, "It's the game show where families feud!"
- Roker.com (1997) - An short online comic strip spoofs the show as Royal Family Feud.
- Dogma (1999) - Bartleby says "...survey says!!" during the Mooby board meeting
- ER: Sins of the Fathers (1999) (TV Episode) - "Survey says..."
- Freaks and Geeks: Tests and Breasts (1999) (TV Episode) "Cervix says" (a la "Survey says")
- Family Guy: Da Boom (1999) (TV Episode) - The leader of the mob on the road challenges Peter with a Family Feud-style question.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Crush (2001) (TV Episode) - Buffy: "Unconfirmed reports of severe trauma to the throats of one or more of the victims. Survey says... vampire."
- Bruce Almighty (2003)
- Wonderland (2003) - In montage of TV Guide listings
- Strongbad_email.exe (2004) (Video) - In "Invisibility", the buzzer sound and the line, "Survey says...", are both references to this game show.
- Veronica Mars: Mars vs. Mars (2005) (TV Episode) - teacher plays Family Feud-like game in class
- Jeopardy!: Episode #22.69 (2005) (TV Episode) - correct response in "Tough TV" category
- Two Tickets to Paradise (2006) - mentioned in dialogue
- Game K N B: Episode dated 12 October 2006 (2006) (TV Episode) - mentioned in the question.
- The Darkroom (2006) - patient introduces himself as Richard Dawson and mentions this show
- The Insatiable (2007) - after saying something rude, a co-worker says "Things an asshole might say. Things a douchebag might blurt out." and someone else says "Ding ding ding ding ding"
- Mama's Boy (2007) - Referenced in Nora's song
- Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner (2008) (Video Game) - As Strong Bad deletes an email, he says, "Survey says... Deleted!"
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.40 (2008) (TV Episode) - Included in a $500 question
- House M.D.: Saviors (2009) (TV Episode) - When House lists some items, Wilson replies "Things you use to make bratwurst."
- Whip It (2009) - mentioned in dialogue
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.36 (2009) (TV Episode) - Subject of a $3,000 question
- Castle: Love Me Dead (2009) (TV Episode) - Referenced in dialogue by Castle.
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.89 (2010) (TV Episode) - Included in a $2,000 question
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Dancing with the Stars 2 (2010) (TV Episode) - Included in a $15,000 question
- Huckabee: Episode dated 30 October 2010 (2010) (TV Episode) - "Federal Feud" segment based on the game show
- Conan: A Renaissance Most Foul (2011) (TV Episode) - Conan O'Brien's tour guide at Madame Tussaud's mentions this game show
- Arena (2011) (Video) - "Survey says"
- Conan: Karate Kid 9: Return to Nun-Chuck Island (2011) (TV Episode) - Title mentioned while introducing tomorrow night's guests
- Conan: The Pretty Girl Waving to Someone Behind You (2011) (TV Episode) - Title mentioned while introducing Steve Harvey
- Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.17 (2012) (TV Episode) - Chelsea mentions the show by name.
- American Dad!: Old Stan in the Mountain (2012) (TV Episode) - mentioned in dialogue
- Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.84 (2012) (TV Episode) - The narrator uses the phrase "survey says" from the show.
- Bones: The But in the Joke (2012) (TV Episode) - mentioned in song lyrics
- The Office: Moving On (2013) (TV Episode) - "Survey says..."
- Bob's Burgers: Family Fracas (2013) (TV Episode) - Mentioned in dialogue
- Saturday Night Live: Ben Affleck/Kanye West (2013) (TV Episode) - Referenced by Stefon on Weekend Update
- Melissa & Joey: Family Feud (2013) (TV Episode) - title reference
- American Dad!: Familyland (2014) (TV Episode) - Mentioned in dialogue
- How I Met Your Mother: Unpause (2014) (TV Episode) -The narrator infers that Richard Dawson continually kisses women.
- Parks and Recreation: Anniversaries (2014) (TV Episode) - Andy says, "They're old people. They eat, they sleep, they complain, they watch 'Family Feud.'"
- Please... Mr. Postman (1981)- Paul Thomas's character is watching it when his wife returns home.
- Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) - TV's Funniest Game Show Moments (1984) (TV Special)
- Moonlighting: Gunfight at the So-So Corral (1985) (TV Episode) - Instead of working David is watching this show when Maddie arrives.
- Lethal Weapon (1987)
- Just Visiting (2001)
- I Love the '70s: 1976 (2003) (TV Episode)
- Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode) - Clips shown.
- Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Randy Newman, Dirt Band (1978) (TV Episode) - Spoofed in the Coneheads on Family Feud
- Uncensored (1984) - Spoofed.
- European Vacation (1985) - Spoofed.
- Dinosaurs: Family Challenge (1991) (TV Episode) - The Sinclair family appears on a Family Feud-like show
- Saturday Night Live: Christian Slater/Bonnie Raitt (1991) (TV Episode) - Spoofed as Dysfunctional Family Feud
- Saturday Night Live: Game Show Parodies (2000) (TV Movie)
- Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) (Video) - The scene where Peter is shown as the host of "Family Feud" is a parody of the show.
- Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dan Aykroyd (2005) (Video) - Spoofed in Conehead Family Feud
- Family Guy: Stewie B. Goode (2006) (TV Episode) - Peter hosts Family Feud and feels up the women
- Robot Chicken: Massage Chair (2006) (TV Episode) - Spoofed bloopers
- Saturday Night Live: Ryan Reynolds/Lady Gaga (2009) (TV Episode) - Spoofed in Family Feud sketch
- Family Guy: Big Man on Hippocampus (2010) (TV Episode) - The Griffins are contestants on the game show. Richard Dawson is host, and the original 1976 set, music and rules are used.
- Mad: Pirates of the Neverland: At Wit's End/Batman Family Feud (2010) (TV Episode) - Batman goes on "Family Feud". (Batman Family Feud)
- How I Met Your Mother: The Perfect Cocktail (2011) (TV Episode) - After Robin mentions Richard Dawson hosting the show, the scene moves to a spoof of the show in the bar.
- Mad: S Cape from Planet Earth/The X-Mentalist (2013) (TV Episode) - Tube Feud is a spoof of this show.
- The Dream Team (1989)
- The Larry Sanders Show: Hey Now (1992) (TV Episode) - Larry meets Ray Combs
- Family Guy: Big Man on Hippocampus (2010) (TV Episode) - The Griffins audition and appear on the TV game show, "Family Feud".
- Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
- GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012) - clip shown
- Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger/UB40 (1994) (TV Episode) - Parodied in Family Feud skit
- Saturday Night Live: Ian McKellen/Kylie Minogue (2002) (TV Episode) - Mentioned on Weekend Update
- Watching Ellie: Feud (2003) (TV Episode) - Ellie and her friends fake they were a family to win a holiday trip to Hawaii in this show
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.62 (2011) (TV Episode) - Chris Paul mentions that he was on the show with his family
- Jeopardy!: Episode #28.154 (2012) (TV Episode) - Answer to question in category Game Shows
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.184 (2012) (TV Episode) - Jay describes the dispute in the Jackson family as an episode of the show
- The Governor's Wife: (2013) referenced in the episode's title.
- Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.25 (2013) (TV Episode) - Ryan mentions Steve Harvey hosting the show.
- After Lately: Gay for Jiffy (2013) (TV Episode) - Chelsea and Jay Leno mention the show.
- Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.86 (2013) (TV Episode) - Chelsea mentions the show by name.
- Scrubs: My Two Dads (2001) (TV Episode) - In a fantasy sequence, J.D. appears as a contestant on "Family Feud."
- Scrubs: My Night to Remember (2007) (TV Episode) - clip in fantasy sequence
- Burn After Reading (2008) - Oswald is watching on TV
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.19 (2010) (TV Episode) - a clip from the show is shown during the Ross Report
- Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake (2013) (TV Episode) - Parodied in the "Celebrity Edition Family Feud" sketch
- Saturday Night Live: Andrew Garfield/Coldplay (2014) (TV Episode) - Parodied in the "Celebrity Edition Family Feud" sketch
- Saturday Night Live: Blake Shelton (2015) (TV Episode) - Parodied in the "Celebrity Edition Family Feud" sketch
- Saturday Night Live: Tracy Morgan/Demi Lovato (2015) (TV Episode) - Parodied in the "Family Feud Extended Family" sketch
- Nostalgia Critic: Legend of Zorro review: (2015) - Critic says the shows catch phrase Survey Says! Then shows a survey board from the Harvey era along with the classic *ding* sound effect that says "Pretty Lame!"
- Saturday Night Live: Ariana Grande (2016) (TV Episode) - Parodied in the "Celebrity Edition Family Feud" sketch.
- Saturday Night Live: Margot Robbie/The Weeknd (2016) (TV Episode) - Parodied in the "Family Feud: Political Edition" sketch.
- K.C. Undercover: (2017) Referenced in the episode's title.
- Supernatural: (2017) Referenced in the episode's title.
- Saturday Night Live: Kristen Stewart/Alessia Cara (2017) (TV Episode) - Parodied in the "Family Feud: Super Bowl Edition" sketch.
- Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon/Harry Styles (2017) (TV Episode) - Parodied in the "Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition!" sketch.
- Celebrity Name Game: (2017) (TV Episode) - In round 3, when Craig Ferguson says that he will act as a clue giver the theme from the 1988-94 version of Family Feud is played. Also the podiums for the celebrities and contestants looks similar to that from the original Dawson era of Feud.
Behind the Scenes SpecialsEdit
E! True Hollywood Story: Family Feud (2002)Edit
On July 28, 2002, the E! network debuted the hour long documentary series on Feud, including the backstage tension that existed during first host Richard Dawson's reign; second host Ray Comb's tragic suicide; and third host Louie Anderson's personal problems. Interviews included in the episode features former producer Howard Felsher, director Paul Alter, Jonathan Goodson (CEO of Goodson Productions), contestant coordinator Beverly Pomerantz and author Mary Ann Norbom ("Richard Dawson and Family Feud").
- Although the documentary involves around the first three hosts, it does briefly mention the fourth host of the franchise Richard Karn at the time.
InFANity: Family Feud (2008)Edit
On November 20, 2008, an episode of InFANity on the TV Guide Channel hosted by Lisa Joyner features a look at the show which includes a retrospective of its hosts along with an interview of its fifth former host John O'Hurley along with the origins of the survey answers and memorable contestants.
Main Article: Family Feud/International
Game Show Marathon (2006)Edit
Family Feud was featured in the weekly hour-long tournament-styled game show, Gameshow Marathon, the episode premiered on June 29, 2006.
Game Show Marathon was hosted by Ricki Lake and announced by Rich Fields along with Todd Newton as the prize delivery host featuring six celebrity playing seven classic game shows. The show was filmed at CBS Television City in Hollywood and aired on CBS from May 31, 2006 until June 29, 2006.
Just like in the civilian version, teams competed to reach 300 points. The points doubled in round four and tripled in round five and beyond. In addition, The Fast Money round was played the same way as the civilian version as well including the time limits (first player , second player ) except that after one or two players were able to reach or exceed 200 points, the celebrity family would win $100,000 plus a Gameshow Marathon trophy. In addition, the home viewer won $50,000.
- The buzzers on the G$M episode of Family Feud's face-off podium were red where in the actual show they were yellow during the whole entire series, they were never red until the Combs version in 1988 and all other previous versions since then. Plus, the lights wiped-in rather than just plain flash. also (similar to the original 1976-85 Dawson version) the "Blip" SFX from the Fast Money Round was also "absent" from this version as well.
- for the seventh and final Home Viewer Question based on a 1976 episode of Feud in which Dawson asked "Give a word polite people use instead of cursing" the choices were...
Although it was never answered in the next episode, the correct answer was #2 instead.
- The winner of the episode (and the show in general) was Kathy Najimy in particular.
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